The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game

Edward Achorn


Chris von der Ahe knew subsequent to not anything approximately base¬ball while he risked his life’s discounts to stumbled on the franchise that may turn into the St. Louis Cardinals. but the German-born beer backyard owner might develop into some of the most important—and funniest—figures within the game’s history.

Von der Ahe picked up the workforce for one reason—to promote extra beer. Then he helped assemble a gaggle of ragtag specialist golf equipment jointly to create a maverick new league that will struggle the haughty nationwide League, reinventing big-league baseball to draw american citizens of all periods. Sneered at as “The Beer and Whiskey Circuit” since it was once subsidized via brewers, distillers, and saloon proprietors, their American organization introduced american citizens again to having fun with baseball through supplying Sunday video games, beer on the ballpark, and a dirt-cheap price ticket expense of 25 cents.

The womanizing, selfish, wildly beneficiant Von der Ahe and his fellow proprietors crammed their teams’ rosters with drunks and renegades, and drew large crowds of rowdy spectators who screamed at umpires and cheered like mad because the Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns fought to the sour finish for the 1883 pennant.

In The summer time of Beer and Whiskey, Edward Achorn re-creates this wondrous and hilarious international of crafty, pageant, and boozing, set amidst a speedily remodeling the US. it's a vintage American tale of individuals with significant desires, no scarcity of chutzpah, and love for an excellent online game that they refused to permit die.

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